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Alaska Rare Bird Alert » Blog Archive » RBA St. Paul Island July 21st-27th: Mottled Petrel, Lesser Sand-Plover, Gray-tailed Tattler

RBA St. Paul Island July 21st-27th: Mottled Petrel, Lesser Sand-Plover, Gray-tailed Tattler


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Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of July 21st-27th, 2014, sponsored by St. Paul Island Tour. The following sequence of sightings is in taxonomic order; an asterisk denotes a species of less than annual occurrence or one of particular note.

 

2014 Species count: 124

Weekly Species Count: 55

 

Birds Mentioned:

 

TUNDRA SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)

Greater Scaup

King Eider

White-winged Scoter

Bufflehead

Pacific Loon

COMMON LOON

*MOTTLED PETREL

Short-tailed Shearwater

BALD EAGLE

Pacific Golden-Plover

LESSER SAND-PLOVER

GRAY-TAILED TATTLER

Wandering Tattler

Bar-tailed Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

RED-NECKED STINT

Rock Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)

Pectoral Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson’s Snipe

Red Phalarope

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

Herring Gull (ssp. vegae and smithsonianus)

SLATY-BACKED GULL

Glaucous Gull

Common Redpoll

 

WEATHER

 

High pressure continues to cover the Bering Sea and control the weather within the Pribilofs leading to generally light winds all week and very little “weather” to speak of.  Temperatures continue to be above average every day with the only noticeable rain of the week coming on the 22nd when a third of an inch or so fell.  Early in the week there was regular mist, fog, and low-lying clouds while the final two days saw improved weather with a strong showing by the sun.  Winds were generally out of the west all week (though very light) with the only moderate to strong winds being on the 23rd when the gusts hit 30 MPH or so.

 

WATERFOWL

 

The only newly arrived waterfowl this week was a single White-winged Scoter on the 21st while the other migratory species noted included continuing TUNDRA SWANS, Greater Scaup, King Eiders, and the single female Bufflehead.

 

SEABIRDS & GULLS

 

The lack of true storms has kept most of the passage tubenoses away from the island though a more regular scattering of Short-tailed Shearwaters were noted during the week while on the 26th in moderate northwest winds two MOTTLED PETRELS were sighted providing the first sighting for that species this year.  A few jaegers were noted this week with a Pomarine on the 27th, Parasitic on the 21st, and Long-taileds on the 24th and 26th.  Increasing numbers of large gulls have been arriving of late as well and with them were two to four SLATY-BACKED GULLS, two HERRING GULLS, and at least one GLAUCOUS GULL this week.  The only loons sighted this week were two Pacifics on the 22nd and three COMMONS on the 21st.

 

SHOREBIRDS

 

Last week’s LESSER SAND-PLOVER continued through at least the 24th while the last GRAY-TAILED TATTLER sighting this week was on the 24th as well.  A new RED-NECKED STINT was seen on the 26th and 27th while the long-staying Wilson’s Snipe was also noted on the 26th.  Scattered Pacific Golden-Plovers continue to be seen with singles on the 22nd and 27th and three on the 26th this week while the Bar-tailed Godwit was last seen on the 24th, the Western Sandpiper was last sighted on the 23rd, and the final Long-billed Dowitcher sighting was on the 24th as well.  Numbers of Pectoral Sandpipers continued into this week with up to 30 on the 22nd and still 13 present on the 27th while other more common migrants included small numbers of Wandering Tattlers daily, up to 200 Ruddy Turnstones on the 23rd, a “Mainland” Rock Sandpiper on the 23rd, and small numbers of Red Phalaropes on most days of the week.

 

LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES

 

 

Same as last week, the only landbirds noted were the continuing BALD EAGLE and a Common Redpoll on the 26th.

 

Breeding or resident species currently present on the island:

 

Northern Pintail

Green-winged (and Common) Teal

Harlequin Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Northern Fulmar

Red-faced Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

Semipalmated Plover

Least Sandpiper
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. ptilocnemis)

Red-necked Phalarope
Black-legged Kittiwake
Red-legged Kittiwake
Glaucous-winged Gull

Common Murre
Thick-billed Murre
Pigeon Guillemot

Ancient Murrelet

Parakeet Auklet

Least Auklet

Crested Auklet

Horned Puffin

Tufted Puffin

Pacific Wren (ssp. alascensis)
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (ssp. umbrina)

This is Scott Schuette, Cory Gregory, and Glen Davis, the 2014 St. Paul Island Tour guides, wishing you good birding. For tour information or to make travel arrangements visit our website http://www.alaskabirding.com or call 1-877-424-5637.

 

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